Dog breeder planned to put this blind puppy down because “she would not sell in her condition”


by Emma Dodds |
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Five-week-old puppy Bea was nearly put down by her dog breeder owner because she was blind and "would not sell"

Most newborn puppies are loved to bits, no matter what shape or size they are.

But devastatingly, five-week-old Bea was taken to a vets by her owner to be put down - all because she was blind.

Poor little Yorkshire Terrier Bea had barely begun to live before she was cruelly cast aside for not being 'perfect.'

Bea's owners took her to be put down because she was blind (Credit: Battersea Dogs and Cats Home) ©Battersea Dog's Home

According to Battersea Dogs and Cats Home - who rescued little Bea, her owners wanted her to be put to sleep because "she would not sell in her condition."

But while this might sound unbelievably cruel to most normal animal lovers, according to Battersea, Bea's story is anything but rare.

In fact, they said her story "reflects the tragic reality of puppy breeding and sales across the country."

Poor little Bea was only five-weeks-old (Credit: Battersea Dog's Home) ©Battersea Dog's Home

Thankfully the vet who Bea ended up with refused to put her to sleep, and instead too her to Battersea Dogs and Cats Home's world-class veterinary hospital for treatment.

And as she was only weeks old when they received her, little Bea needed to be hand-reared, and was taken in by a nurse who made sure she's received all the love and treatment she needed.

Battersea's Head Vet, Shaun Opperman, was the one to assess Bea when she was brought the charity. He found that while she does have very limited vision which may get worse, she is "more than able to live a full and happy life."

Shaun explained: "Bea copes really well with her disability - she quickly maps out the room she's in and is soon hopping around happily.

"Like any puppy, she loves to play and you often see her running around the room carrying a tennis ball that's even bigger than she is. We don't expect her to be here very long once she's ready to go to a new home."

Bea playing with golden labrador Barney's tail (Credit: Battersea Dog's Home) ©Battersea Dog's Home

He continued: "Bea's story goes to show how unscrupulous the world of dog breeding and puppy sales can be. Dogs are not commodities - just because they may not sell for much money doesn't mean they should just be written off.

"Bea can live a perfectly normal life and will make someone a loving pet but we know there are many more puppies out there who won't be as lucky as her, and will sadly be dumped or destroyed purely because their breeder puts profit before animal welfare.

"If a breeder does not want to care for a dog like Bea, then we would encourage them to please bring them to a rescue centre rather than putting them to sleep. They deserve a chance."

On a happier note, Bea has been "adopted" by another dog at the Home - Barney, a golden labrador, who use to be a Battersea resident but is now owned by a member of the charity's staff.

Here they are together having a lovely time - HOW CUTE!!!!

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